I love grilling in the summer. like seriously, I’ll grill everyday and would never get tired of it. I mean who can get tired of grilling anyway… Spring finaly broke through here in Philly and I couldn’t wait to crank out my grill and start my grilling adventures. Since I’m from the Middle East kabobs are like my bread and water. I love making them, assembling them, grilling them, and of course, eating them!
I’m so excited to share this recipe with you. These Mediterranean chicken kabobs are marinated in a zesty yogurt marinade for 3 hours before grilling. If you don’t have time you can make them instantly without marinating but marinating does help the chicken absorb the flavor. I marinated them with a mixture of Greek yogurt, lemon zest, cilantro, olive oil, and spices. I swear I wanted to eat them as soon as I saw that creamy marinated! They are super light,zesty and packed with flavor. They and can be served on rice or in a sandwich.
- 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts Cubed
- 1 cup plain whole milk or Low-fat Greek yogurt or regular plain yogurt
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 1 large onion cut into wedges
- Zest from one lemon
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice from one lemon
- 1/2 cup cilantro lightly minced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoons paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1.5 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 8-10 skewers
- In a small bowl, combine the lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, pepper and garlic yogurt, olive oil, paprika, cumin, cinnamon, red pepper flakes.
- Thread the chicken onto metal skewers, add the onion pieces along the way in between the chicken pieces.Place the kebabs on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Spoon or brush the marinade all over the meat, coating well. Cover and refrigerate at least eight hours or overnight.
- Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Grease the grill by lightly dipping a paper towel in vegetable oil and, carefully rub over the grates several times until glossy and coated. Grill the chicken kebabs until golden brown and cooked through, turning skewers occasionally, about 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer the skewers to a plate and serve warm!
The recipe and pictures and instructions do not add up, this needs some reviewing to ensure it all is the same and ingredients match the instructions and the picture shows cubed chicken in a bowl with marinade but instructions say skew then brush on, two different methods that are not the same. This makes a recipe confusing.
Hi There! – I cant wait to make these… Just making sure I marinate the chicken on its own? or on the skewers and leave overnight.. also using wooden skewers so I am going to soak them first then add marinated chicken and onion for the grill. Thanks again!
These have been a hit every time i make them. when i am feeling lazy i use chicken tenders and pan fry them but either way they are delicious! thank you so much for the recipe!
This looks delicious! I have it marinating in the fridge as I type this. I was planning to bake this though since I don’t have a grill. Any idea of how long and how hot I should bake this at?
Bake in pre-heated 450 degree oven on the center rack for 10 minutes, turn over once and bake for 10-15 minutes longer or until fully cooked. For added flavor and char, place under broiler for 2 minutes. Enjoy!
Hi there! Made these tonight. So delicious. I see you have cilantro in the ingredients but not in the recipe so I added them into the yogurt sauce. I think that’s what I was supposed to do!
Renee @Two in the Kitchen says
This is my type of meal! I love grilled food year round! These kabobs look like they are packed with flavor!! 🙂
Thank you Renee! I’m so glad you like the kabobs 🙂
Helen @ Scrummy Lane says
These sound amazing, Layla! Something similar to these are very popular here in Greece, but I love the yoghurt and spices you’ve marinated your chicken in. Definitely pinning!
Yeah I can imagine! I love Greek food.
Looivng these kabobs…perfectly spiced and beautifully grilled! Happy Easter! 🙂 ela
Thank you Ela!
Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods says
Looks absolutely delicious! I’m going to try this this weekend. I’d already planned in making kabobs, but this marinate sounds so great. Pinning!!
Thanks for the Pin Cindy! Your going to love this marinade!
Hi Layla, I just printed and pinned, these chicken kebobs look amazing, love this flavor combination and marinating them a couple of hours or more must make these even better. Thanks!
Thanks for Pinning Cheri! I’m sure you will love them 🙂
Chris @ Shared Appetite says
Oh man you are making me want to break out my grill so bad! I still haven’t yet.. but now I’m seriously considering it!
It’s about time!
Taylor @ greens & chocolate says
I love marinating chicken in yogurt! AND kabobs! AND grilling! Looks like I need to make these 🙂
Kathi @ Deliciously Yum! says
I am totally with you, Layla. I could grill pretty much every day – I love it so much. Kabobs are one of my absolute favorites and am always on the lookout for new recipes. Yours are definitely calling my name 🙂
These look divine- love the flavours and the combination of ingredients!
Thanks Jessica! 🙂